Broom Cottage, Hathersage, Derbyshire (near Sheffield). Broom Cottage, dated 1825 (but it apparently existed in 1822). The cottage has been much extended since it was originally built, but the substantial extensions used the same local stone and split stone roofs. It belonged to a family called Cocker, who were needle manufacturers, and had a factory called Dale Mill in town.

The Hathersage website tells us that "Charlotte Brontë visited Hathersage in 1845 and used it as the 'Norton' of the story Jane Eyre — taking the heroine's surname from the local family [the Eyres]."

Left: Rear of building, three-quarter view from right. Right: Back garden.

Photographs and caption by Marjie Bloy, with additional text by Jacqueline Banerjee. You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]


Peak District Information: Hathersage. Web. 8 August 2015.

Last modified 8 August 2015